Just a quick comment before I blog about Townsend – As of tomorrow I will have been full timing 7 years. I can not believe it has gone so fast. When I started I had no idea if I would enjoy it or not. Or if I would last 1 year, 5 years, 10 years or more. I still don’t know. Every once in a while I think it might be nice to settle down somewhere, but then I think about all my travels and know I am not ready to settle in one place just yet!
Back to my Townsend trip --
After Waynesville, I headed back to Townsend, TN May 10 - 16. Even though I was in the same area just a few weeks before (without my RV), this is one of my favorite areas in the Smokies so there was plenty for me to do.
While there I hiked one of my favorite trails, Abrams Falls. While the falls is only about 20 feet high, it is very pretty and the hike is a very popular hike. I hiked this trail on Friday the 13th, and had no bad luck while hiking! I started hiking about 8:45 and saw very few people going to the falls. By the time I was hiking back there were many more people on the trail. The day I hiked it was overcast and a small chance of rain. But since most days had been like that I took my chances. It did make for some interesting scenery.
View from my car on the way to the Trailhead -
The next picture is one of 4 or 5 log crossings. They need to work on the hand rails as they seem to be leaning more towards the water than they used to!
The bad part about this trail is that you must do the Cades Cove loop to get to the trail head. If you have done this loop before you know it can get congested. When I saw the traffic stopped I guessed that it was a “bear jam” and I was right.
A mom and 2 cubs. I enjoyed watching them for a while.
I also hiked the Little River Trail again. I had planned on doing the Cucumber loop, which is off of the little River Trail, but the trails were pretty muddy and I decided it might not be worth it.
Since I am an early riser and I don’t like crowds, I hiked it fairly early and there was mist coming off the river.
One rainy day I went into Pigeon Forge and went to the outlet mall (actually in Sevierville), but did not buy anything.
From Townsend, I headed to Jamestown, TN. I was there in 2011 and enjoyed it and wanted to revisit. After I do that blog I will actually be caught up!